But it’s been a weird year for weather everywhere, with dear El Niño plus climate change triggering floods and wild storms: “The US had bad weather conditions which damaged a lot of their pecan crops. Therefore, the supply is less, which in turn will spike the price,” explained Mia Conradie from Bester Fruit and Nuts.
Our drought has had less of an impact – so far. “The Vaalharts area in the Northern Cape is where the majority of pecan nuts are cultivated [under irrigation]. Pecan trees like a lot of water over a long period of time.” If rain for the rest of the season is poor, water restrictions might affect them, but “The effect of the heat waves is more evident as some of the trees are shedding young nuts to compensate for energy loss. May to August is our harvest season, so then we will see.”
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